One-piece Post Binding with Interior Hinges
Elaine Reidy Schlefer
This is the post-binding structure that was in use at Carolyn
Horton's studio for many years. It looks like a bound book from the
outside, and the screws do not show when the volume is opened. It is
neater and less bulky than 2-part and 3-piece post binding
structures. Since it does not resemble a photo album or a scrapbook,
it is especially appropriate for encapsulated continuous texts.
Construction of Post-Binding Hinges
For each hinge, have ready:
Strip of 2-ply museum board " wide and 1" longer than the
Strip of 20-point folder stock, the same length as the museum
board (above) and a hair wider
Strip of bookcloth 6" wide and the length of the above
- Glue out the strip of 2-ply and place it one inch from the edge
of the cloth. Rub it down.
- Glue out the other side of the 2-ply and fold the longer side of
the cloth over it. Rub well and fold the cloth back to the edge of
- Glue out the folder stock and place it on the folded edge of the
cloth. Glue out the other side of the folder stock, fold the cloth
over it and rub. You will now have a V-shaped hinge. Make the second
- Cut the hinges " longer than the pages. Tape the two 2-ply sides
together,folding back the other sides of the hinges. Trace the holes
from a page onto the 2-ply side of the hinges, leaving 1/16" margin
at head and tail. Drill holes. Mark each hinge TOP before taking off
- Make a case: The case is the same as for the case of a clamshell
box with a flat spine. Make the joints 1« times the thickness
of the boards wide. NOTE: Since the pages do not lie absolutely flat
against the spine board in this type of binding, there is a tendency
to underestimate the foredge square. Be generous.
- To measure the width of the spine board: (Use of a combination
square makes this easier)
- For paper textblock: the pages, plus spacers if any, plus the
- For encapsulated textblock: the thickest part of the textblock
(usually just beyond the spine weld).
- Glue in the hinges, with the smaller flap on the spine and the
longer one on the board. Make sure the entire hinge sits on the
spine board, not in the joint.
- Insert screws and pages. Line the boards with paper or cloth.
Fig. 2. The post binding, open, with hinge
Fig. 3. The post binding, open, with hinge
Fig. The outside of the post binding
Elaine Reidy Schlefer, Preservation
Gladys Brooks Book and Paper Conservation Laboratory
New York Academy of Medicine
Received: Fall 1994
Paper delivered at the Book and Paper specialty group session, AIC
22nd Annual Meeting, June 11, 1994, [PLACE].
Papers for the specialty group session are selected by committee,
based on abstracts and there has been no further peer review. Papers
are received by the compiler in the Fall following the meeting and
the author is welcome to make revisions, minor or major.